9: School of Graduate Engineering and Applied Science

General Information | Degree Programs | Program Descriptions | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Programs in Applied Mathematics | Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Chemical Engineering | Department of Civil Engineering
Department of Computer Science | Department of Electrical Engineering
Engineering Physics Program | Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering | Department of Systems Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering

The graduate programs in chemical engineering prepare men and women for advanced work in the chemical, petroleum and biotechnology industries and for careers in university teaching. Graduate study, which may lead to the Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, begins with course work extending the fundamental theory of transport processes, thermodynamics, chemical reactions, mass transfer, and mathematics. Additional courses include process control and dynamics; applied surface chemistry; polymer chemistry and engineering; and biochemical engineering. The department also offers advanced graduate courses in selected areas of interest. Study in related disciplines is encouraged. Students often take suitable courses in applied mathematics, chemistry, materials science, mechanical engineering, systems engineering, environmental sciences, or life sciences.

The departmentís diversified research areas include adsorption, bacterial migration, bioengineering/biotechnology, biological separations, bioremediation, chromatography, crystallization, electrochemistry, heterogeneous catalysis, ion exchange, mass transfer, molecular simulation, multiphase systems, nonlinear chemical dynamics, thermodynamics, process design, and pollution prevention technology. Collaborative research currently involves faculty in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, and Materials Science and Engineering, and in the School of Medicine. Students entering the graduate program are invited to discuss research projects with all of the faculty.

The chemical engineering research laboratories are located in a renovated wing of Thornton Hall and in Phase I of the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Building. Laboratories are grouped by specialty, but all are open to all graduate students in order to encourage cooperation and exchange of ideas and experiences among students. The University and the department provide extensive computing facilities in support of education and research.

In addition to the standard full-time programs designed for students entering with chemical engineering degrees, an individualized program is available for persons with prior degrees in other disciplines, such as chemistry, or in engineering fields other than chemical engineering.

Selected graduate chemical engineering courses are offered during evenings via satellite broadcasts and are available to part-time students.

After completing several courses, passing the preliminary examination, beginning research and passing the comprehensive examination, prospective doctoral students in chemical engineering are evaluated for admission to doctoral study. Doctoral candidates in chemical engineering serve as teaching assistants for a minimum of two semesters.


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